After completing the unit on birds, the kids were able to draw birds in various poses – sitting, preening, flying, chattering – and they could put all their skills to test with this assignment. They started out by painting a wash on the paper, or some kids made the background with tints of a colour. Once dry, the kids began by drawing a few wire cables stretching across the paper. On these they drew a huge flock of birds in different positions. These were all coloured in black to show silhouettes.